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Fredrikson & Byron has elected nine new shareholders: Pamela Abbate-Dattilo, Jessica L. Foss, Aron J. Frakes, Robert M. Oberlies, Michael S. Raum, Lindsey A. Remakel, Michael D. Schoepf, Bradley J. Wallace and Aubrey J. Zuger.

Pamela Abbate-Dattilo works in the Minneapolis office and is a member of the Employment & Labor, Litigation and Class Action/Wage and Hour Litigation Groups. Abbate-Dattilo assists clients in a variety of complex business and employment disputes, with particular expertise in non-compete and business tort litigation. She has litigated non-compete disputes in state and federal court, as well as before Minnesota’s appellate courts. Abbate-Dattilo also has experience litigating cases involving discrimination, compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act and shareholder disputes.

Jessica L. Foss works in the Fargo office and is a member of the Trusts & Estates Group. Foss works closely with individuals, families and business owners to achieve their personal and financial estate planning goals. She focuses on asset protection for clients and their descendants, wealth transfer, estate tax minimization and trust and probate administration. Prior to practicing law, Foss completed her C.P.A. and worked as a Tax Consultant at Deloitte in Minneapolis.

Aron J. Frakes works in the Minneapolis office and is a member of the Litigation, Construction, Real Estate Litigation and Life Sciences Groups. Frakes represents clients in a wide variety of disputes, including large contract disputes, product liability defense, class action defense, fraud and conspiracy cases, consumer fraud actions, construction litigation, professional malpractice defense (engineering) and toxic tort mass actions. Frakes has represented clients in virtually all facets of litigation and alternative dispute resolution, including before arbitration tribunals, state and federal trial courts throughout the U.S. and various appellate courts. He devotes a significant portion of his time to pro bono representation.

Robert M. Oberlies works in the Minneapolis office and is a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity and Asia Practice Groups. Oberlies is a trusted advisor to global companies on complex international transactions, including advising on several of the largest M&A deals between North America and China. He helps clients on their most sensitive and strategic projects across the Americas and Asia, assisting multinational companies and private equity firms in successfully growing their business operations in Asia and in completing key acquisitions of a global nature. Oberlies practiced law for more than seven years in China and has counseled clients across a broad range of industry sectors, including life sciences and health care, agribusiness, energy, consumer products, retail and logistics.

Michael S. Raum works in the Fargo office and is a member of the Agribusiness, Cooperatives, Mergers & Acquisitions, Real Estate, Securities and Tax Disputes & Litigation Groups. Raum focuses his practice on commercial law, with a specific emphasis on tax matters. He works with public and privately-held companies on business transactions, including structuring, financing and advising on general corporate matters. Prior to joining the firm, Raum was General Counsel at an investment management firm with interests in ethanol processing, hotel development and management, and real estate. He also worked as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division.

Lindsey A. Remakel works in the Minneapolis office and is a member of the Environmental Law, Energy, Energy Regulation & Permitting and Renewable Energy Groups. In her environmental practice, Remakel regularly serves as environmental counsel in mergers, acquisitions and real estate transactions where she manages environmental due diligence; drafts and negotiates environmental provisions in purchase agreements, contracts, and leases; and advises clients regarding environmental liability and risk allocation. In her energy practice, Remakel provides regulatory counsel to clients regarding environmental matters, project permitting, generator interconnection, and compliance under federal energy laws, such as the FPA and PURPA. She also assists with the acquisition, development, and sale of wind, solar, pipeline, transmission and other energy projects.

Michael D. Schoepf works in the Bismarck office and is a member of the Energy, Litigation and Oil & Gas Groups. Schoepf’s practice is focused on commercial litigation with an emphasis on the oil and gas industry. He regularly represents oil and gas exploration and production companies, non-operating interest owners, pipeline companies, oilfield service companies and trucking companies in a variety of matters in state and federal court, including breach of contract actions, property disputes, quiet title actions, eminent domain actions, regulatory appeals and collection matters. Schoepf also advises clients on other oil and gas issues, including lease preservation, surface use and regulatory compliance. Before joining Fredrikson & Byron in 2011, he worked as a law clerk for the honorable Thomas L. Ludington in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Bradley J. Wallace works in the Minneapolis office and is a member of the Bank & Finance and Private Equity Groups. Wallace’s practice focuses on the representation of senior lenders, subordinated lenders and borrowers in connection with domestic and international acquisition and leveraged buyout financings, workouts, debt restructurings, debtor-in-possession financings, structured financings and intercreditor issues. He also has extensive experience advising strategic buyers, sellers, private equity funds and their portfolio companies in mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and growth equity financings.

Aubrey J. Zuger works in the Fargo office and is a member of the Litigation, Appellate, Employment & Labor, Trade Secrets and White Collar & Regulatory Defense Groups. Zuger represents clients in a wide range of complex business matters, including contract disputes, securities fraud litigation, shareholder disputes, business torts, foreclosures and employment discrimination claims. She also represents clients in trust and estates litigation, including will disputes, actions related to the appointment of fiduciaries and guardianship/conservatorship matters. Prior to joining Fredrikson & Byron, Zuger clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the North Dakota Supreme Court.

Fredrikson & Byron is a 275-attorney law firm based in Minneapolis, with offices in Bismarck, Des Moines, Fargo, St. Paul, Monterrey, Mexico, and Shanghai, China. Fredrikson & Byron has a reputation as the firm “where law and business meet”. Our attorneys bring business acumen and entrepreneurial thinking to work with clients, and operate as business advisors and strategic partners, as well as legal counselors. More information about the firm is available at Follow us on LinkedIn and on Twitter @FredriksonLaw.

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